Jayson Tatum focused on team, blocks out outside noise amidst criticism
After a subpar performance in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Celtics’ star Jayson Tatum is determined to shut out the noise and remain focused on his team’s goals.
Tatum, who had been on a scoring tear with impressive performances in Games 1 and 2, struggled to find his rhythm in Game 3, scoring just 14 points on 6-of-18 shooting. However, Tatum is not letting external criticism affect his mindset.
When asked about dealing with the criticism and doubts from outsiders, Tatum emphasized the importance of staying focused on the team’s internal dynamics. He acknowledged that opinions can fluctuate drastically based on game outcomes, but he remains undeterred. Tatum is determined to prioritize the unity and cohesion of his teammates, coaches, and the entire organization.
“I’m certain after every game you win you’re the best player and the best team. And when you lose, you’re not the star and team’s not good enough. So I’m certain there’ll be some of that. But out of sight, out of mind. You don’t see it. Because that’s not what’s important. What’s important is the guys in the locker room, teammates, coaches, and we’re all in this together just trying to figure it out,” Tatum replied, displaying his resolute mentality.
In this year’s playoffs, Tatum has been a consistent force, averaging 27.8 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game. Despite the occasional ups and downs, Tatum’s contributions have been vital to the Celtics’ success.
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